Daughtering and Mothering: Female Subjectivity Reanalysed by KMG Schreurs, L. Woerton, J. van Mens-Verhulst

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By KMG Schreurs, L. Woerton, J. van Mens-Verhulst

Demanding approved psychoanalytic perspectives, this booklet focusses on daughtering as an lively approach to discover formerly unexamined features of this primary and primary courting.

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A fragment of the feminist reception of Freud). Odense: Odense University Press. Chapter 4 Becoming a situated daughter ‘Later, when I am big, I will be Daddy, so then we will also have a father in our house’—Hannah, four years old. Ruth de Kanter The early mother-child relationship forms the root of the process of becoming a human subject. Individuation and separation from the loving, caring, nurturing and powerful relationship with the mother are seen as necessary steps in the developmental process.

Daughtering and mothering 18 In addition, Freud clouds this already ambiguous picture in yet another way. ) that he would not hesitate to call Oedipal when found in the boy. On the other hand, he denies that the girl has any kind of Oedipus complex fully comparable to that of the boy: ‘We have the impression here that what we have said about the Oedipus complex applies with complete strictness to the male child only…’ (Freud, 1931:228–9). The unambiguous exposition in Jeanne Lampl-de Groot’s work published in 1927 is thus obscured profoundly by Freud.

But one could also see aggression in the mother-daughter relationship as an unconscious resistance to the Becoming a situated daughter 33 ambivalent female image: the power of the mother as opposed to the powerlessness of the ‘woman’ in the mother. So either the mother or the daughter or both are held responsible, and could be blamed for the aggression in the relationship. In contrast to these views of locating aggression either as a drive in the child or as a response to the mother’s frustration, I would like to stress the necessity of aggression in the developmental process of separation and individualization in both mother and daughter, in which each acknowledges the difference between daughter/woman-indevelopment and mother/situated woman.

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